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OHIO’s College of Fine Arts continues summer programs for teens and youth, virtually

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Left: Photo by Daniel J. King. Right: Photo provided by College of Fine Arts 2020 Virtual Summer Arts program.

Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts announces the launch of its rich summer programming for teens and youth in a unique format.

The College’s popular Summer Art programs and courses were transformed into online only experiences in a short amount of time, according to Kate Hampel, director of the College’s Summer Arts Programs and assistant professor of Instruction, Foundations and Sculpture + Expanded Practice in the School of Art + Design.

“We're excited about what can be done across all our fine arts disciplines,” she says. “Working within limitations, and in unexpected ways, is a big part of the creative problem-solving process.”

College of Fine Arts faculty and other professional artists return as program instructors for the 2020 Virtual Summer Programs environment. Program participants can expect the same high-quality instruction online as they would in person, Hampel says.

"Our instructors are building from the experiences they gained this spring developing remote learning opportunities for undergraduate students, and refining those models for a younger audience,” she says.

Children and dependents of OHIO faculty and staff are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on program fees. OHIO alumni also receive a 10 percent discount on program fees. Financial assistance is available for all programs. An application for financial assistance is included in each course’s registration form.

Summer Studio pre-college programs for high school students include the OHIO Summer Music Academy, the Summer Dance Institute with Alexandra Beller's Choreolab, and Summer Studios in Art + Design, Film, and Theater. Students learn new materials and techniques with experienced faculty and visiting artists and collaborate with students across the country in virtual performances, all while earning college credit. Courses have varied schedules and technological requirements; please see individual descriptions online for details. Students registering for art and design courses requiring specific materials will receive a supply kit by mail in advance of their course. Register for Summer Studio programs.

The College’s Summer Arts for Youth camps welcome elementary- and middle school-aged students to learn alongside practicing artists to develop and realize their ideas and make unique works in a variety of media. Camps include the Athens Community Music School Summer Music Week, Tantrum Kids Drama Class by OHIO’s Tantrum Theater, and classes hosted by the School of Art + Design. Participation options include paid part-time programs for one to two weeks or an opportunity to engage in free drop-in sessions online. Register for Summer Arts for Youth camps.

Contact: Email Kate Hampel at summerarts@ohio.edu  for more information.